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Lavrov: Russia will consider F-16 transfer to Ukraine as Western nuclear threat. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Kuleba reacts

13 July, 2023 Thursday
14:56

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that his country will consider the transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine a threat from the West in the nuclear sphere. Dmytro Kuleba urged to disregard these threats

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He said this in an interview with the Russian publication Lenta.ru. 

“We see the presence of such systems in the Armed Forces as a threat from the West in the nuclear sphere,” Lavrov emphasized.

Lavrov also mentioned that “the United States and its NATO allies are creating risks of a direct armed conflict with Russia, which could lead to catastrophic consequences.”

“An example of a dangerous development is the US plans to send F-16 fighter jets to the Kyiv regime. We have informed nuclear powers like the US, Britain, and France that Russia cannot ignore the possibility of these aircraft carrying nuclear weapons. Assurances won't make a difference,” according to Lavrov.

He also stated that “during conflicts, the Russian military won't be able to tell whether each specific aircraft of that type is capable of carrying nuclear weapons or not.”

When asked about the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukrainian conflict, Lavrov mentioned that Russia has previously expressed its stance on this matter.

“If the West hadn't taken actions that continuously highlight the risks of a strategic nature arising from an aggressive anti-Russian policy, we wouldn't have to repeatedly emphasize our position. The conditions for Russia's use of nuclear weapons are clearly stated in our Military Doctrine, which is well-known and doesn't need repeating,” he added. 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reacted to Lavrov's threats on Twitter.

"The only threat to Russia is a Ukrainian soldier. This is who Putin and others should fear the most," he wrote.

Kuleba also noted that Ukraine will receive the F-16 on schedule and it does not matter what the Russian Federation says about this.

"Russia will swallow it, despite the fact that Lavrov babbles menacingly," Kuleba emphasized.

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